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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Mar 15, 2017 3:37pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stella (Blue) - today all white with snow!

Judging by what I just read I could live without being in agreement with this fellow.He seems to wildly over analyzing something that requires little to no analyzing as it is Stella Blue and not Desolation Row,but to each his own I guess.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 16, 2017 5:57am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stella (Blue) - today all white with snow!

Hey JL; I won't explain how I almost went off on this...I am such an old cranker...I feel, no offense to your love of the tune, that it's a pretty simple storyline, and a bit similar to prior efforts (I hate when a singular line is used more than once; eg, "that's ever been", from Blk Peter, works so much better in that tune than it does here...a "day that's like ever day that's ever been" is much more evocative than the "every lonely street that's ever been", IMHO).

But, I don't want to rain on your love of SB (my closest fellow head always picked this as his fav), just to note that I had the same reaction to reading the link VM posted regarding the "meaning" and significance of SB, etc., that you did...


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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Mar 16, 2017 5:01am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Stella (Blue) - today all white with snow!

You made two good points straight away WT.I am also not a fan of using a line more than once and SB is similar to some earlier pieces.I have to say that I find Hunter to be a better line writer than story teller in that there will be a few lines in a song that appeal to me,but the overall import of the lyrics usually leave me wanting.The straight forward simpleness of SB'S lyrics is one of it's strengths for me.

I went on to read a few pieces that the gentleman VB quoted wrote and I find his take on things to be utterly ridiculous.